Written by Tharushan Fernando
12 Aug, 2016 | 9:26 pm
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, while addressing the second day of the Colombo District Scout Camporee, stated that scouts and cadets will be given preference in future teaching appointments.
The Scout Movement is the largest international organisation dedicated to children. The Camporee, which is organised by the Sri Lanka Scout Association and Colombo District Scout Branch Association was held at the Vihara Maha Devi Park. Around 6000 cub scouts representing schools and institution in the Colombo District are taking part in the camporee which will draw to a close on Saturday.
“I think it is after a period of 52 years that I am working together with the Cub Scouts Movement”, said the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe.
When questioned on the number of schools participating this time, it was stated that the commissioner’s response was around 1000. But there are around 8000 to 9000 primary schools in Sri Lanka.
“I could have asked what happened to the remaining 9000 schools”, said the Premier, pointing out that there are no teachers. So present proposals in this matter and when teaching appointments are being made in the future, preference will be given to persons involved in scouting and cadeting, said the Premier.
He added that attention has been drawn as to how to include this into the syllabus. And for a prolonged period of time, the objective of education was not education but furthering political agendas. But ‘you cannot develop education with political ambitions’ and if that is being done, education will not be successful, stated the PM.
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